Bisons at Fota Wildlife Park

The recent birth of a baby bison was a cause for great excitement at Fota Wildlife Park.  But it left many wondering, “what exactly is a bison?”. We’ve done a little research and found that bisons are within the subfamily of Bovinae.  There are two extant and four extinct species recognised. Three of the extinct species were from North America with the fourth coming from parts of Western Europe and Central Asia. The surviving species can be found in North America mostly. The American bison is also known as the American buffalo.  Continue reading

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Giraffes – Did You Know?

At Fota Wildlife Park you will find many beautiful creatures including the striking giraffe. We have assembled a list of facts about giraffes. Some of which you may already know:

  • You will find giraffes in central, eastern and southern Africa.
  • A normal, healthy giraffe can often live to about 25 years in the wild.
  • A typical male will weigh between 2,400 and 3,000 pounds with a female tipping the scales at about 1,600 and 2,600 pounds.
  • Male giraffes can be up to 19 feet tall with females often hitting the 16 feet mark or thereabouts.
  • Giraffes can often go for several days without water in the wild. This comes in useful in times of poor weather conditions such as droughts.
  • They get moisture from leaves of the trees they eat. Continue reading